Kirts History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Kirts is a name that evolved among the descendants of the people of the kingdom of Dalriada in ancient Scotland. It is a name for a person who worked as a worker in brass. The name Kirts is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic "ceard", which refers to a craftsman, a traveling tinker who repaired pots and kettles, and a worker in brass. The family is believed to have made many of the Highland plaid brooches of brass.

Early Origins of the Kirts family

The surname Kirts was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Kirts family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kirts research. Another 196 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1275 and 1600 are included under the topic Early Kirts History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kirts Spelling Variations

Spelling and translation were not standardized practices until the last few centuries. Spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. Kirts has been spelled Caird, Kaird, Kerd, Keard, Ceard, Kerde, McIncaird, McKincaird, Kincaird and many more.

Early Notables of the Kirts family (pre 1700)

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Kirts Ranking

In the United States, the name Kirts is the 15,781st most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

Ireland Migration of the Kirts family to Ireland

Some of the Kirts family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Kirts family

Scottish settlers arrived in many of the communities that became the backbones of the United States and Canada. Many stayed, but some headed west for the endless open country of the prairies. In the American War of Independence, many Scots who remained loyal to England re-settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots across North America were able to recover much of their lost heritage in the 20th century as Clan societies and highland games sprang up across North America. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Kirtss to arrive on North American shores: William Caird settled in New Hampshire in 1718; Thomas Caird settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1765.



  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm


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